2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Grades Pre-K-4 Education to M.Ed. in Reading Specialist

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Grades Pre-K-4 Education degree prepares students to teach children at the pre-kindergarten to grade 4 levels. Pennsylvania certification in pre-K to grade 4 education is awarded upon graduation and completion of state certification requirements.  

Qualified undergraduate students in the grades pre-K-4 education program may be eligible to participate in the accelerated B.S.Ed.-to-M.Ed. program, which enables them to take graduate courses that apply to both their bachelor's degree and (thereafter) a reading specialist master's degree.  

The reading specialist Master of Education program at Cal U is designed for students who want to earn a Master of Education degree and reading specialist certification on their Pennsylvania teaching certificate.

Through the accelerated program, students can complete both degrees at Cal U with a total of 142 credits.

Program Coordinator

Michael Ulderich


These programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The reading specialist program is also nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA).


The following curriculum shows the requirements for completing the bachelor's degree under the accelerated B.S.Ed.-to-M.Ed. program. Additional graduate-level courses are required to complete the master's degree; refer to the graduate academic catalog for these requirements.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 120  Elementary Topics I
Health and Wellness
CHD 250  Health and Physical Education for PreK-Grade 4
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration
Fine Arts
MUS/ART/THE 372  Creative Arts for PreK-4
Natural Sciences
Approved Natural Sciences Course with Lab
3 or 4
Social Sciences
GEO 102  Geographic Systems for Elementary Education (1 credit)  AND  POS 102  American Government for Elementary Education (1 credit)  AND  ECO 102  Economics for Elementary Education (1 credit)
Ethics and Multicultural Emphasis 
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations
General Education Options
  • MAT 130  Elementary Topics II
  • Approved British/American Lit Course (see program notes)
  • HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877
Required Major Courses 60
CHD 200  Intro to PreK-Grade 8 Education 3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment in PreK 3
ELE 221  Instruction and Assessment in K-4 3
ELE 300  Emergent Literacy 3
ELE 301  Literacy Foundations I: Lang Arts* 3
ELE 302  Literacy Foundations II: Reading* 3
ELE 310  Teaching PreK STEAM 3
ELE 311  Teaching Math K-4* 3
CHD 312  Leadership and Advocacy in Childhood Ed 3
ELE 321  Teaching Science K-4* 3
ELE 331  Teaching Social Studies K-4* 3
EDU 375  Introduction to Integrated STEM Education 3
ELE 410  PreK-4 Field Experience 3
ELE 411  K-4 Field Experience*  3
CHD 413  Content Area Literacy Field Experience*
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy* 3
ELM 461  Student Teaching and School Law* 12
Required Related Courses 12
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
ESP 412  Evidence Based Practices* 3
PSY 205  Child Psychology 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology 3
Free Electives 9
RSP 700  Fundamentals of Literacy 3
RSP 707  Creating and Fostering Literate Environments 3
RSP 708  Literacy Dev. for ELL 3
Total 121

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): ELE 461 Student Teaching PreK-Grade 4
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): ELE 410 PreK-4 Field Experience AND ELE 411 K-4 Field Experience
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Approved Natural Sciences Course with Lab

* Pre-requisite for all courses marked with an asterisk is Admission to Teacher Education.

Program Notes:

  • All courses required for certification must earn C or better.
  • CHD 200 and ELE 220 require current clearances and minimum 2.0 GPA to register for courses.
  • ALL other EDU, ELE, ESP and CHD courses require current clearances and minimum 2.5 GPA to register for courses.
  • Candidates must follow policies for Admission to Teacher Education as stated in the Teacher Education Handbook.
  • Pre-requisites for ELE 221 and all 300 level ELE and CHD courses are ELE 200 and ELE 220.
  • State licensure exams must be passed before student teaching.
  • Current clearances are required prior to enrolling in program courses. 
  • Undergraduate students must achieve at least junior standing to take graduate-level coursework. 
  • Approved American/British Literature Courses are: ENG 107, 125, 127, 148, 150, 155, 160, 203, 301, 302, 337, 338 and HON 250. (HON 250 has a pre-requisite of HON 150; the 300-level ENG courses have pre-requisites of ENG 101 and 102.)

Additional Requirements

Students accepted into a teacher certification program must be admitted to Teacher Education before they may register for upper-level, restricted courses. Please refer to the Teacher Education Program Student Handbook for details on Admission to Teacher Education requirements. 

Undergraduate students in the accelerated program may register for no more than 6 graduate credits in any one term, and in terms when a graduate course is registered, the student may not register for more than 18 total credits.

It is the student’s responsibility to apply and meet the qualifications of the graduate program portion of the accelerated program. Failure to follow through with enrollment in the accelerated graduate program will result in additional undergraduate credits to complete the bachelor’s degree, as outlined in the Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses policy.

Additional accelerated program requirements may be found at: https://www.calu.edu/inside/forms/_files/academic-affairs/accelerated-program-application.pdf

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